Demi Lovato's secret hookup with female stars inspired 'A Cool Summer'

Demi Lovato discussed everything from her career progression to her fascination with aliens during her debut appearance on The Howard Stern Show . Before delving into their current love life, though, the singer (who uses both "she" and "they" pronouns) decided to rewind some tea about a past secret relationship. Sharing the story behind their 2015 hit "Cool for the Summer," Lovato revealed, "I was thinking about a relationship I had with a girl and decided to write this song."

Although they confirmed that the woman who inspired the song was also famous — and their romance was never public — the singer let fans come up with their own theories about her identity. Even the unknown celebrity herself apparently had no idea "Cool Summer" was about her. When the SiriusXM host asked for more details about their unidentified ex, Lovato responded, "I'm in a relationship right now and I don't feel like it's appropriate." "I missed this moment. That’s what people are going to want to know now.”

The "Confidence" singer has been more candid about her current relationship with fellow musician Jute$ (aka Jordan Lutes), whom she has been dating since August 2022. "We started out as friends, so we built the foundation of our friendship first," Lovato said, adding that she sees marriage and family in their future. "This partnership is very attractive and the way we laugh together is non-stop. So, I think if you can find someone who makes you feel safe... who makes you so hooked and makes you laugh constantly, That’s the secret to a truly great relationship.”

In fact, Lovato, who identifies as pansexual, said they found a level of commitment in Jute$ that they struggled to find in female partners. "What happened in the past was like, they just wanted to hook up and I actually wanted something more serious, so it ended up not working out," she explained, also sharing that she went through a phase of "dating and dating older men." . Dating older men because of [her] daddy issues. "

Today, Lovato and their beau are in "an amazing relationship" and have "grown together and feel very healthy." That's part of the reason why she can now "confidently say" she's over her so-called "daddy issues." However, that didn't stop them from jokingly revealing the older man who was the subject of an unexpected childhood crush. In 2002, 10-year-old Lovato was "teased at school" while starring in Barney and Friends because children's shows were "not cool anymore" — but the "nice" guy in the big purple dinosaur costume Always have her back.

"You know what's funny? He was really attractive...I had a little crush on him, even at a young age," she said of actor Carey Stinson, who played Barney for 20 years Shi added. "You have to be very muscular because the suit weighs, I don't know, 50 to 100 pounds. So, he's like ripped apart, and he happens to have a good-looking face."